There are so many terrible things happening in the world, our communities, and our lives that it’s easy to become discouraged. Especially when the bad seems overwhelming, as if it is literally darkening the horizon with hate.
But here’s the thing.
Hate cannot stand by itself. Good can, but never hate. And like darkness is only the absence of light, so too is hate only the absence of good.
As crazy as this may sound at first read, hate reminds us that good is so much greater than hate and that our hearts are naturally inclined to look for and to desire the good. We want the good which is why we’re so bothered by the bad. If we didn’t see the hate it would mean that we’re either in heaven, dreaming, or we’ve lost the ability to discern good from bad. And when that occurs, we’ve lost it all.
So, don’t despair over the bad. Don’t let your family or friends or children despair. Despair, unless it is an uncontrolled mental illness, is a choice and nothing but practiced sadness that has been perfected. That is a scary thought and a terrible place to be so please don’t let yourself despair. Instead, do this one little thing. Every time you see (too much) hate, remind yourself that the hate is only there because there’s good in the world, good in people, and good in you. It’s just hidden, but never absent.
Let us all work to do more good.